Relentlessly resourceful

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Key Takeaways

  • Paul Graham shares his succinct definition of being a good founder
  • You need to be 'relentlessly resourceful'
  • Being both relentless and resourceful are equally important as in any interesting domain it's not enough just being driven as you will eventually hit a brick wall
  • You need to be resourceful and creative and keep trying new things
  • Being relentlessly resourceful is very specific to startups as you are mostly dealing with external obstacles
  • Being 'relentlessly resourceful' should be a rhetorical question for founders before they start a startup and is a attribute you should look for in co-founders
  • Making something people want is the destination but being 'relentlessly resourceful' is how you get there


Paul Graham
Co-founder of Y Combinator